Root Canal treatment Brisbane City

Save a tooth with root canal therapy

A root canal treatment is a dental procedure where the infected pulp inside a tooth is replaced with a filling. The pulp in the tooth is made up of specialised dental cells, blood vessels, tissue fibres and nerve fibres. When this pulp is inflamed or infected you may notice a throbbing feeling, sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverages, or inflamed gums and swelling.

If left untreated, it can cause complications such as spreading the infection into the surrounding bone, bone loss in the jaw or the tooth may have to be removed.

How does a tooth become infected?

There a number of causes that may lead to infection, including deep tooth decay, repeated dental procedures on one tooth and traumatic damages such as a crack, chip or a root fracture.

Is a root canal procedure painful?

The process of a root canal treatment is often actually painless. As the nerve in the tooth has gone, it can be compared to having your fingernails trimmed or hair cut — there are no nerve fibres left to feel pain. Often at Bite Dental Studios in Brisbane, our patients will fall asleep while we do our root canal treatments.

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Frequently asked questions

What are some of the signs that I might need root canal treatment?

If you are experiencing any tooth pain or discomfort; sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks; pain when you chew or bite down; swollen gums; facial swelling near the jaw; or a loosening of a tooth, it's a good idea to come in and see us. Even if you have some of these symptoms, it doesn't necessarily mean that you need a root canal procedure, but we can provide you with the treatment you need.

We actually perform our root canal treatments over two separate appointments, as this helps us to achieve a better success rate. We'll begin by removing any decayed areas of the tooth and the nerve. The root canal is then thoroughly cleaned and flushed out with a disinfectant. Only when the area is completely free from infection will we fill the root canal.

It is likely that you will feel some sensitivity and tenderness in your mouth and jaw for a few days following root canal therapy. This is completely normal and will resolve itself in time. Try to stick to liquids and soft foods whilst your mouth recovers. If you begin to notice swelling inside your mouth, or if the pain and discomfort doesn't subside within a few days, get in touch with us for follow-up treatment.